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PortsmouthUnited States of America

Visitan elegant seaside city at the mouth of the Piscataqua River that excites withits maritime past, historic buildings and scenic walking trails.

Settled in 1623, Portsmouth lays claim to beingone of the oldest cities in the United States. With a rich shipbuildingheritage, a working port and a large waterfront park, there is much to fascinatethe visitor. Cruise through its waterways, learnabout maritime history and explore hundreds of years of Portsmouth’s past inits old homes.

The PortsmouthNaval Shipyard was founded in 1800 and for much of its history was a majorshipbuilding center. One of the many submarines to roll off its launchpad wasthe USS Albacore, now a floatingmuseum. Walk through the vessel on a guided tour to find out about its years ofservice.

There is more history at the Strawbery Banke Museum, a 9.5-acre(3.8-hectare) site with 42 historic buildings. The oldest structure dates back to 1695. Tour these old properties,which contain artifacts that reveal aspects of everyday life from differenteras.

Leave the car behind for a walk throughPortsmouth’s tree-lined streets. They will take you past beautiful colonialhouses. Shop in upscale boutiques, stop by a cozy café or restaurant and visitmore historic homes. Step inside the RichardJackson House, built in 1664. This is believed to be the oldest survivingwood frame home in New Hampshire.

For a pleasant change of scenery, head to thewaterfront Prescott Park. Relax inthe flower gardens and enjoy gorgeous views of the Piscataqua River.

A delightful way to see the city is from thewater. Go for a cruise onboard a reproduction of the flat-bottom wooden bargesthat were once a regular feature on Portsmouth's waterways.

Take a short boat trip or drive across thebridge to the 27-acre (11-hectare) PierceIsland. The former site of Fort Washington is now known for its scenicwalking trails and outdoor swimming pool.

Portsmouth is roughly halfway between Boston andPortland, Maine. The drive from either of these places takes little more thanan hour. Both are also a little over an hour away by bus. Once you are inPortsmouth, many of the historic and waterfront attractions can be easilyreached on foot.

Where to stay in Portsmouth

Top hotels in Portsmouth

Hampton Inn & Suites Portsmouth Downtown
Hampton Inn & Suites Portsmouth Downtown
3 out of 5
23 Portwalk Pl, Portsmouth, NH
The price is £91 per night from 20 Dec to 21 Dec

Located in the heart of Portsmouth, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Music Hall, Discover Portsmouth and Market Square. John Paul Jones House Museum and ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (949 reviews)

"Downtown Portsmouth close to dining and shopping. Parking garage was super close and safe"…"

Reviewed on 25 Nov 2020

Hampton Inn & Suites Portsmouth Downtown
AC Hotel by Marriott Portsmouth
AC Hotel by Marriott Portsmouth
3.5 out of 5
299 Vaughn Street, Portsmouth, NH
The price is £103 per night from 20 Dec to 21 Dec

Located in the heart of Portsmouth, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Music Hall and Portsmouth Brewery. Prescott Park and Kittery Outlets are also within ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (93 reviews)

"Great location! Very clean and beautiful. The room was comfortable. I got an amazing night sleep and the shower was great! 100 percent will be coming back"…"

Reviewed on 22 Nov 2020

AC Hotel by Marriott Portsmouth
Hilton Garden Inn Portsmouth Downtown
Hilton Garden Inn Portsmouth Downtown
3 out of 5
100 High St, Portsmouth, NH
The price is £82 per night from 6 Dec to 7 Dec

Located in the heart of Portsmouth, this hotel is steps away from Market Square, Moffatt-Ladd House and Portsmouth Athenaeum. Tugboat Alley and Portsmouth Brewery ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (975 reviews)

"It was WONDERFUL! We enjoyed our stay and staff were great!"…"

Reviewed on 8 Nov 2020

Hilton Garden Inn Portsmouth Downtown
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Top Holiday Rentals in Portsmouth

Great Island Inn
Great Island Inn
3.5 out of 5
3 Walbach St, New Castle, NH
The price is £132 per night from 16 Dec to 17 Dec

Offering direct access to the beach, this New Castle apartment building is in the city centre and within a 10-minute walk of Portsmouth Harbor Lighthouse and ...

4.9/5Exceptional! (57 reviews)

"So cute!!! Extremely clean! Just what we were looking for!"…"

Reviewed on 21 Oct 2020

Great Island Inn
Nautical Beach Resort
Nautical Beach Resort
3.5 out of 5
147 Ashworth Avenue, Hampton, NH
The price is £1,620 per night from 5 Dec to 6 Dec

Located in Hampton Beach, this aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Hampton Beach, Hampton Beach State Park and Casino Ballroom. Ocean Gaming Casino and ...

Nautical Beach Resort
Another Slice Of Paradise At Hampton Beach
Another Slice Of Paradise At Hampton Beach
6 Ashworth Avenue, 33, Hampton, NH

Located in Hampton Beach, this condo is within a 10-minute walk of Hampton Beach and Casino Ballroom. Hampton Beach State Park is 1 mi (1.5 km) away.

4.8/5Exceptional! (9 reviews)
Quick beach getaway

"This property was lovely. Great location, very clean, and larger than we expected. Michael the owner answered all my questions promptly and emailed a welcome letter that included everything that we needed to know and everything that was expected from us. This property included everything you would ..."…"

Reviewed on 1 Aug 2020

Another Slice Of Paradise At Hampton Beach
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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Reviews of Portsmouth

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3/5 - Okay

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16 Sep 2019

Average sort of town, nothing really to write home about

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

7 Jun 2019

We loved the surrounding area and the town of Portsmouth with its river front dining and boutique type shops. We loved the Goat and The Mouse - two places to dine and drink. We did visit a lovely beach in Maine but unfortunately don't know the name

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

26 May 2019

Lovely, buzzy little town. Great bats and restaurants.

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